Sandvika, 01. Dezember 2010, Leading Photovoltaic companies continue to support the inclusion of PV in the RoHS Directive in an effort to support the safe and sustainable growth of the industry. The undersigned support the announcement by the European Commission to review the exemption for the PV industry from the Directive.
The next full recast of the RoHS Directive will take place within ten years. However, environ-mental, health and safety concerns about certain substances which are used in some PV tech-nologies still exist. The European Commission as well as major political groups in the European Parliament have clearly expressed their intention to review the Directive within three years.
As PV is a green technology helping the EU to achieve its environmental goals, the industry should meet the EU’s requirements on environmental protection and consumer safety. The undersigning companies welcome the European Commission’s announcement that it will review the scope of RoHS and its interest in initiating legislative action if needed.